‘It’s a Man’s Job’: Doing Gender and Male Gatekeeping in the Division of Household Labor


Changes to domestic divisions of labor have been widely documented, but some tasks seem particularly resistant to change. Using the lens of ‘doing gender’, this article draws on interviews with 25 heterosexual working parent British couples who produced a ‘household portrait’ of their division of labor. It examines how they explain men’s continuing responsibility for ‘man-typed’ domestic tasks and why this is so resistant to change. Although men’s ‘gatekeeping’ of these tasks is consequential for the overall household division of labor, there is relatively little opposition from their women partners. This gatekeeping reproduces gendered meanings of ‘man-typed’ tasks and enables both men and women to ‘do gender’ while supporting their image of a ‘sharing’ couple

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X231224109
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2024. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/], which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ‘doing gender’,femininity,gatekeeping,gender,household labor,household portait,masculinity,'man-typed' tasks
Publication ISSN: 1552-5481
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 07:17
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2024 09:41
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Published Date: 2024-01-23
Published Online Date: 2024-01-23
Accepted Date: 2023-12-04
Authors: Christopher, Emily



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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